Definition of speculatively adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈspekjələtɪvli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspekjələtɪvli//
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  1. 1in a way that is based on guessing or on opinions that have been formed without knowing all the facts We do not know the answer to this question, and it can only be answered speculatively.
  2. 2in a way that shows that you are trying to guess something She paused and looked speculatively at Angelo.
  3. 3in the hope of making a profit while involving the risk of losing money The amount of office space being built speculatively is likely to decrease as economic growth slows.